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Surrey celebrates graduation 2015

More than 2,000 students graduated from the University of Surrey last week. Honorary graduates, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Ahmet Üzümcü, also received awards.

A total of 12 graduation ceremonies took place in Guildford Cathedral over four days, each followed by a reception for graduates and their family and friends.

This year, four honorary graduates also received awards: Philippe Rossiter, Professor Peter Flewitt, Thomas Chambers and His Excellency Ahmet Üzümcü.

Professor Michael J Kearney, Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey, said: “My colleagues and I offer our warmest congratulations to all of our graduating students.

“Graduation is a wonderful occasion. It highlights the talent, hard work and successes of our students, as well as offering an opportunity for families and friends to share in the celebrations and for our students to thank them for their support.

“With the University’s top ten league table rankings and consistently high graduate employability rate, now is a wonderful time to be Surrey graduate. We hope our students look back on their time here at Surrey with great fondness, and we wish them the very best for the future and every success in their chosen careers.

“I would also like to offer my congratulations to our honorary degree recipients. They have made outstanding contributions in their respective fields, and we are delighted to take this opportunity to publicly recognise their achievements and associations with the University.”

Learn more about undergraduate degrees at the University of Surrey.

Surrey honorary graduates 2015

Ahmet Üzümcü

Nobel Peace Prize winner His Excellency Mr Ahmet Üzümcü is a career diplomat with vast experience in multilateral diplomacy and a thorough understanding of and considerable expertise in political-military affairs, disarmament and proliferation issues.

He was appointed Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in 2009.

Read Ahmet Üzümcü’s full profile.

Philippe Rossiter

A colonel and former head of the Army School of Catering and Chief Executive of the Institute of Hospitality, Philippe Rossiter has extensive experience in industry management and hospitality education.

Educated at St Joseph’s Academy in Blackheath, Colonel Rossiter entered Mons Officer Cadet School in 1970 and was commissioned into the Royal Signals in 1971. He was sponsored by the Army to attend the University of Surrey, graduating in 1988 with an Honours degree in Hotel and Catering Management.

Read Professor Phillipe Rossiter’s full profile.

Professor Peter Flewitt

Peter Flewitt is an outstanding materials engineer and physicist.

Since graduating from Battersea College of Technology in 1963, Professor Flewitt has maintained strong links with the University of Surrey, firstly as a research student in Metallurgy at Battersea and then returning to the University of Surrey in 1970 as a Visiting Research Fellow/Reader. He was an Honorary Visiting Professor until 2013. 

Read Peter Flewitt's full profile.

Thomas Chambers

Thomas Chambers is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (FCA), a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET), and an Associate of the Association of Corporate Treasurers (AMCT).

He joined the Council of the University in 2007 and began a long and active membership of the Finance Committee, becoming Chair in 2012. At the same time he was appointed as Treasurer of the University. He is now serving the last of the maximum nine-year term as a member of Council.

Read Thomas Chambers’ full profile.